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Gryffindor House Personality Traits: Good and Bad

Gryffindor House Personality Traits: Good and Bad

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Gryffindor House is a fan favorite and full of well-meaning witches and wizards.

Gryffindors are complex and have high standards for themselves that they are not always able to meet, but they never fail to do the right thing.

Without their flaws, they would not be the true heroes that they are, full of both bravery and conflict.

Let’s dive into what makes you a true Gryffindor.

What kind of person is a Gryffindor?

Gryffindors are known for being courageous, daring, brave, fiercely loyal, intelligent, and kind.

Gryffindors are incredibly selfless and frequently go out of their way to make sacrifices for others. They are known for facing their ultimate fears in order to do what is right.

Good Gryffindor TraitsBad Gryffindor Traits
BraveReckless
LoyalPrideful
SelflessStubborn
Strong leadersRule breakers
CourageousHero complex

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Good Gryffindor Personality Traits

Gryffindor House is arguably the most popular house at Hogwarts. They are courageous heroes, self-sacrificial, and caring, and this all contributes to them being capable and strong leaders.

Gryffindor House is comprised of some of our favorite characters including Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Neville Longbottom. All these people encompass the wonderful personality traits that make Gryffindor the esteemed house that it is.

Brave

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

Granted their mascot is a lion, bravery is one of the staple traits of a Gryffindor. Gryffindors are willing to make big sacrifices in order to protect those they love, even when it terrifies them.

We see this in the way Harry frequently stands up to Voldemort, even though Harry is just a kid at the time.

Loyal

Ron Weasley and Harry Potter
Ron Weasley and Harry Potter

In contrast to how Slytherins are loyal to people who have earned their respect, Gryffindors are loyal to friends and family, even when they have been hurt. Ron and Harry have some pretty significant fights throughout their years at Hogwarts but always reconcile in the end.

They stand by the people they care about no matter the cost.

Selfless

Harry Potter with his Mother, Lily Potter
Harry Potter with his Mother, Lily Potter

It is no secret that those who belong to Gryffindor House are selfless. The very essence of Hermione, Ron, and Harry’s friendship is putting each other first instead of themselves.

The ultimate selfless act is done by Harry’s mom, Lily Potter, when she sacrifices her life to save Harry from Voldemort. A true Gryffindor indeed.

Strong leaders

Albus Dumbledore
Albus Dumbledore

Godric Gryffindor’s desire was for the Sorting Hat to place students in Gryffindor House that exhibited courage, determination, and chivalry – otherwise known as the traits that make a great leader.

Dumbledore is probably the most well-known, beloved leader of the wizarding world and while he has his faults, he is one of the most successful leaders of all time.

Courageous

Neville standing up to Voldemort - Harry Potter
Neville Longbottom standing up to Voldemort

An admirable trait, and possibly the one we see most among Gryffindors, is their courage. One of the most courageous moments was when Neville stood up to Voldemort by himself when everyone thought Harry was dead and could no longer help them.

Gryffindors do the right thing, even if it is dangerous or makes them face their fears.

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Bad Gryffindor Personality Traits

Gryffindors have bad traits just like all the other houses. Gryffindors can be stubborn, prideful, short-tempered, and often break the rules (even though they are trying to do the right thing). Granted Slytherin produced the darkest wizard of all time, do not forget that Peter Pettigrew came from Gryffindor and helped Voldemort make his comeback.

Reckless

Weasley Twins
Weasley Twins

They may say their actions are justified, when sometimes Gryffindors are just reckless. They can go to the extreme to try and help when it may be best to not get involved at all, and sometimes they even cause more trouble.

Additionally, the Weasley twins are the perfect example of taking playfulness and practical jokes a little too far and simply being reckless instead.

Prideful

Slytherin Quidditch
Slytherin Vs Gryffindor at Quidditch

Gryffindors think that they are the best and most noble house, even though they would not say that directly to your face.

Inwardly they judge people for not being as brave or courageous as they are and feel like they are the only ones who do, or can, make the necessary sacrifices to save others in the face of danger.

Stubborn

Harry Potter with Buckbeak the Hippogriff
Harry Potter with Buckbeak the Hippogriff

Determination can be a good thing, unless it goes too far and then it becomes stubbornness. When Gryffindors set their mind to something they achieve it, but that does not mean it is always the right thing to do, only that it is what they think is right.

Harry is often set on doing things alone and without the help of his friends. They continue trying to convince him time and time again that it is better to do things together than do it alone.

Rule breakers

Gilderoy Lockhart, Ron Weasley and Harry Potter
Gilderoy Lockhart, Ron Weasley and Harry Potter

Gryffindors would say that some rules are necessary to break in order to do what is right.

For example, Harry thought it was necessary to go into the Chamber of Secrets to rescue Ginny even though he was told not to. Not to mention they basically “kidnapped” Professor Lockhart to show them the way.

Hero complex

Dumbledore's Army Harry Potter
Dumbledore’s Army

Not only are Gryffindors the heroes of most of the stories, but they also enjoy the attention they get from it. For Harry in particular, everyone called him “the chosen one” and it would be pretty hard to not let that go to your head.

We start to see the hero complex of members of Gryffindor House when Dumbledore’s army forms. Granted it was necessary, they also enjoyed the attention and glory that it brought them.

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What Zodiac Signs are Gryffindor?

If your Zodiac sign is an Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius, then you are probably a Gryffindor. All of these signs and Gryffindors share their fiery passion and frequently lead with their emotions. They all make great leaders.

Aries

Aries Zodiac Sign Symbol and Dates

Both Aries and Gryffindors share the element of fire, which includes their passion for the right thing. They are confident, determined, put others first, and value honesty.

Leo

Leo Zodiac Sign Symbol with Dates

In addition to sharing the element of fire, Leos and Gryffindors share the mascot of a lion. They make wonderful leaders and are great at bringing people together. They are brave and passionate.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius Zodiac Sign Symbol with Dates

Much like a Sagittarius, Gryffindors feel things very strongly and tend to act on their emotions. They are outgoing, bold, and honest.

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